The first thing you’ll notice about the B-1004 Multi-Scale and 5-string B-1005 Multi-Scale will likely be its unusual arrangement of frets. A multi-scale fret design optimizes string tension so that the lower strings have a longer scale compared to the higher strings, resulting in consistently excellent tone and performance at all points across the fingerboard. Bass players often report that a multi-scale design is also ergonomically preferential to standard fret designs, and that they feel natural to play, with very little learning curve required. Designed for professional players, the B-1004 Multi-Scale and B-1005 Multi-Scale provide a swamp ash body with a top made of solid ziricote, an environmentally friendly and terrific-looking tonewood. These basses also employ a five-piece wenge/purple heart neck with pau ferro fingerboard, constructed at 36.25" to 34" scale for the B-1004 Multi-Scale and 37” to 34” for the B-1005 Multi-Scale. Its high-end components include a black bone nut, Gotoh tuners, and Hipshot Solo bridge, as well as a set of acclaimed Nordstrand Big Splits hum-cancelling pickups, along with an ABQ-3MS 3-band EQ. This setup gives you incredible flexibility in tone, with an active/passive mini-switch, a mid-frequency selection mini-switch (800Hz or 400Hz), individual bass, treble, and mid EQ controls, and master volume and balance controls. Available in Natural Satin finish.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 37" - 34" Multi-Scale
Body Swamp Ash
Neck 5pc Wenge/Purple Heart
Fingerboard Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius 400mm
Nut Width 47mm
Nut Type Black Bone
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Hipshot Solo
Neck PU Nordstrand Big Splits
Bridge PU Nordstrand Big Splits
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Balance/ABQ-3MS 3-Band EQ/2 Mini Switch
Strings D'Addario XL (.045/.065/.085/.105/.125)
Case Included N
Brian Krahe (Krosis): "Duplicity" Bass Playthrough

Brian Krahe (Krosis): "Duplicity" Bass Playthrough

Hailing from North Carolina, ESP bass player Brian Krahe of progressive deathcore band Krosis knows how to put together a dynamic and exciting bass line that both stands on its own and is also incredibly locked into the drums...
Brian Krahe

Just curious what the weight is for this updated model. I have the discontinued rosewood version and was curious if this weighed less or more. Thanks!

Greg B.

Seems a bit expensive for an import. 

Jesse L.

Hey so classic question for me, do I need special pickups if I want to swap them out? I have two of these and I may even consider a third. This and the OLD F405 are the best basses that exist for metal! Thanks 

Carl N.

No, any pickup would be fine

Valentin B.

Hi. I am a proud owner or this awesome bass since two weeks, i know you use d'addario XL strings. But can you give me the exact references? . Because strings long enough for this beast are not easy to find. Thanks. 

Carl N.

Yes, string gauges are located in the specifications for this model.

D'Addario XL (.045/.065/.085/.105/.125)

Kris J.

as a JDM ESP fan , it would be great if ESP LTD made more colors and models with fan frets like Fortress or Stream .

Carl N.

Thanks for your suggestion!

More Comments